ScreenFlow your iPad or iPhone
Every iPad or iPhone screencaster has the obvious problem of not being able to record screencasts directly from their device. We get feature requests all the time from people wanting to record tutorials or demos of them using an iPad or iPhone.
There isn’t a technical reason why you can’t record the iOS screen, but Apple have explicitly said they won’t approve applications that “abuse” the multitasking system of iOS to allow this kind of thing.
This seems to be a philosophical choice that Apple has made. I can speculate a few reasons why:
One might be that Apple doesn’t want applications that consume a lot of resources running in the background – sucking up battery life and making the device look bad. The other issue might be that while ScreenFlow for iOS would have a useful purpose, other apps could use screen recording technology for malware, hacking and general “eavesdropping” on the device. It’s for this reason, I believe, it makes it hard for Apple to allow this functionality officially.
That being said, there are a few ways that people have been able to get around this limitation and achieve this feat. Here are a few resources for those of you who feel adventurous and want to try it:
- Don McAllister recently wrote a great post outlining a few options including a jail break option, and several options for using a dedicated capture device with display mirroring
- Terry White also outlines how he uses Black Magic for capturing HDMI out of his iPad with display mirroring
- And here’s a solution written by the folks at TUAW for a cheap-and-dirty (though reportedly lower quality) way
- And here’s a discussion on our Forum, with lots of tips and ideas
Do you have a different way that works for you? If so, we’d love to hear your process and how it works for you.